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guest tonight at odds over whether the obama administration possible use of executive action is part of the gun-control initiative would be appropriate, lawful, or an example of the executive branch overreaching. joining yes, research director of the independent institute and an adjunct professor of advanced constitutional law at denver university stern college of law. good to have you with us. richard a. bourne, criminal justice expert and fellow president of the brega campaign. good to have you with us. >> huckabee year. lou: let me ask, if i may begin with you, david. you just heard me ask carl cameron about this issue. is the idea of using executive order appropriate in the instance of banning a particular type of weapon? >> well, certainly it comes to the possibility. to be technical, what the president would be most likely to do would not be an outright ban but would be to say that certain guns he deems to be destructive devices under federal law, and so therefore there will be treated like the same with machine guns are. to continue to possess one, you have to pay $200 to the
is vice-president biden telling reporters that the obama administration is preparing for unilateral action on gun-control . >> going to act. executive order, executive action can be taken. we have not decided yet, but we are compiling with the help of the attorney-general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required. lou: at the state level, new york governor andrew cuomo proposing what he calls the toughest assault weapon ban the nation. the democratic governor suggesting that the state government has the power to seize guns. infuriating gun owners and gun rights advocates when he suggested that confiscation could be an option. the assault on the constitution certainly not limited to the second amendment. congressional democrats are now urging the white house to act unilaterally on the debt ceiling as well. twenty-one democrats led by congressman peter welch said in a letter that they fully support any use of presidential authority, including interpreting the 14th amendment to support presidential action to prevent the government from going
of the obama administration, i thought again we face a perilous moment. this time it's the debt crisis we face. when our incumbent congressman announced his retirement i thought i could perhaps provide some of that leadership here in washington. i wanted come to washington and fight for the same freedoms here that i did in iraq and afghanistan. >> some of your first votes. you are being called what's part of the hell no caucus. my apologies for the language there but it wasn't mine. it's a cover story. do you accept that idea that that's the -- that's what your role is going to be in the republican conference? >> i don't think that'll be my role in the republican conference. but i think that the congress as a whole may need to say hell no to barack obama a little bit more. frankly i wish we might have had people here in 2009 and 2010 who were saying that as obama care was passed, as the stimulus was passed, as a dodd/frank financial regulatory bill was passed. >> you won a district that was held by a democrat. for a long period of time. it was, you know, as other districts in arkansas were goi
. let's get you up-to-date with our top stories. >> obama administration and nra are one day away from a gun control showdown. >>> rush limbaugh is speaking out against what he calls a liberal attempt to normalize pedophilia. the conservative radio host says it could be the next step for those who support gay marriage. >> there is a movement on to normalize pedophilia and i guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same when you first heard about gay marriage. what has happened to gay marriage? it's become normal and in fact with certain people in certain demographics, it's the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. >> limbaugh cited a column that quotes academic researchers who claim pedophilia is a distinct sexual orientation. and limbaugh says the media went easy on the elmo puppeteer who lost his job after several men came forward saying they had sexual relationships with clash when they were teens. >>> big changes to facebook. the social media giant debuting new apps and revamped the mobile facebook site. the news feed now provides the same sorting opti
the obama administration as politico points out today, even reviving this dispute over leaks or alleged leaks out of the white house. are we not paying enough attention to brennan when, again, there were actual protests outside the white house yesterday regarding his nomination? >> well, in terms of the confirmation process, what doesn't -- protests outside the white house matter a lot less than protests inside capitol hill. it's just the nature of the beast and how they get confirmed. i think it's interesting that it first brennan was kind of seen as a sure thing and now maybe not so much. a little bit of criticism but i doubt the level of rancor will be anything like to see in the chuck hagel hearings. that's where the big show is going to be. >> you have writers, though, making a great point. making the point as a progressive, as a liberal that perhaps here we are at a time when questions about torture or alleged torture and interrogation has gone by the wayside for the political battle and people complaining about chuck hagel and to be confirmed or not, republican, democrats that i
them at the cia. brennan shaped the obama administration's policy on drones, using them more often and with more lethal results. these two questions certainly will be coming up at john brennan's confirmation hearingings at a time when challenging cabinet picks is becoming routine. >> used to just be supreme court justices who inspired these sort of partisan free for alls. now it is bleeding down into a president's cabinet picks as well. >> i want to bring back tom juneau, writes for esquire magazine. we talked so extensively about drones. wrote this phenomenal piece in esquire back in the summer. question number one being, you know, during the confirmation hearings, do you think it will be more of a defending, that john brennan will be defending his use of drones or distancing himself from it? >> i don't know if he has to defend it. it seems -- there really is no force within the congress who is anti-drone who i think is -- i think that this is an opportunity to make him defend the drone program, but i don't know if that's going to come up. >> you don't think people in your piece w
at the obama administration. the president has nominated his chief of staff, jack lew, to replace timothy geithner as treasury secret
been, those two worlds. >> when you look at what the obama administration did for wall street, we have a story about the bailouts and what egregious handout they were and how they are still going on. the bank secretly got billions and billions in secret loans from the feds, basically zero percent interest rate, didn't tell their shareholders that. their ceos were busy buying and selling stocks, so there's a question of insider trading that was going on off the bailout, and none of those people have been touched or looked at. so, you know, wall street got this huge handout, and yet during the election they came out 5-1 in terms of financial contributions against obama. there's a real disconnect in terms of their own world view. if this has been a republican administration, they would have been ecstatic. there's politics going on here as well. >> we were talking about this in the break, we played the ad aig has been running on the air, which is thank you, america, thank you, america, thank you, america. some sort of brand management, or attempt thereof, but the fact they are engaged in t
walmart. a me go today in washington on gun violence. an obama administration official telling cnn walmart's representative will meet only with attorney general, eric holder, and not with the vice president. remember, walmart was originally not going to attend the meeting at all but changed its mind yesterday. >>> when it comes to ending gun violence, vice president joe biden made it clear if congress doesn't pass new gun laws, the president could go it alone, as in bypass congress and issue an executive order. >> the president is going to act. there are executive orders and action that can be taken. we haven't decided what that is yet. we are compiling it all with help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required. >> gun rights advocates took the remark as a threat charging it is the first step in sfrtrippin americans of their second amendment rights. listen to rush limbaugh. >>> when biden, himself, a liberal democrat, says himself, the president, cabinet, attorney general, a bunch of leftist democrats are talking ab
, new talk from the obama administration that the u.s. could decide to pull all remaining troops out of afghanistan by the end of next year. the deputy national adviser for strategic communication would not rule that out during a conference call with reporters. >> that would be an option we would consider because again the president does not view the negotiations as having a goal of keeping u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> the pentagon said thousands of troops may be needed beyond 2014 to contain al qaeda who currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote vets.org who served twice in i wack. thank you very much for joining us. general, i will start off with you. many intricate or believe that the president's choice in john kerry and check hagel indicate withdrawing more troops and leaving far fewer in that country and as we move forward with other possible conflict
get to be that canopy-style party to feel like the voice is being heard? when we seed the obama administration back in for a second term? >> a couple things. the polls also showed lindsay lohan polled lower than congress. thank god for lindsay lohan pap thank you very much. we appreciate that. the first thing. the second thing and more important point is how you frame the question. and i think lieutenant governor is exactly right. we we want to be the party that reagan and frederick douglas and all of those great minds that kind of brought this coalition of folks together around the idea of individual freedoms, you know, that respected the rights and liberties of individuals, or do we want to be a pup tent party where we sit up in the corner of the world. and that's going to be the struggle over the next couple of years and we're again going back to the first question, the chris christies and the bobby jindals of the world can really begin to carve out this new space. look, everybody is not going to want to play, thomas. they're just not. you're going to have everybody look at a
of got secret information from the obama administration when she was, you know, beginning the directorial process for the film. and there's these really intense torture scenes. there's sleep deprivation, waterboarding, some things that people, average viewers just might not be able to tolerate and consume and digest that well. so there's just a big controversy, a big buzz around it. and she was, you know, supposedly -- supposed to be nominated for best director for nim but was -- >> right. was she snubbed because of this? let's think about the kind of films she does. she did "hurt locker." thumbs up on that. she was hugely acclaimed for that. she does have a golden globe nomination, right? >> yes. >> is that the problem here? politics at play? >> people vague it's politics at play. this film did get a lot of buzz critically. it's number one right now. but because of the controversy a lot of the older academy voters kind of shy away from films that kind of have this kind of controversy around them. people are saying she's snubbed for that very reason. >> do you think part of the controvers
over this in federal court. i won in september and the obama administration appealed. [applause] what was fascinating is to they went to judge katherine forest after she gave her technician if -- her decision and her 112- page opinion which is really a brilliant kind of dissection of the destruction of the separation of powers and is worth reading, asked for an emergency stay meaning they wanted the law put back into effect physical the appellate court would hear the case. some he refused. -- she refused. they demanded an emergency hearing with the appellate court at 9:00 a.m. if the morning the next monday for an emergency hearing and an emergency stay which they got. the only reason that i and the lawyers can make out is that the obama administration reacted so aggressively is because they're already using it, probably on pakistani u.s. dowel nationals. the inability to curb wall street, a close examination of the obama health care bill which was written by corporate lobbyists, in particular ms. -- liz fowler who has gone back into the industry. the inability to deal with the most i
of this morning's headlines. the obama administration may consider taking all u.s. forces out of afghanistan at the end of next year. the pent goneagon has planned to keep some troops from the nato pullout in 2014. president obama meets hamid karzai at the white house on friday. >> we'll hear more with karzai's meeting with obama. >>> the "l.a. times" says last year was the hottest year on record. the average temperature 55.3 degrees, that is 3.3 degrees higher than the average temperature for the 20th century. >>> the "wall street journal" says the 11th hour deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will delay tax refunds for millions of people. the irs will not begin the main tax filing season until january 30th, about a week later than scheduled. >>> and "the washington post" says redskins quarterback robert griffin iii will have knee surgery in the coming days. you may recall the controversy on sunday as griffin played hurt in a redskins playoff game leaving injured in the fourth quarter. griffin has at least one torn knee ligament the injury might keep him sidelined at the sta
and they said the obama and clinton administration had 43% compared to the bush administration which had a 33% rate. so obviously things for women are improving. >> that's what they say. and there's another picture that ran in the "new york times" todays. i'm not sure if we have it but there's a picture -- there it is. there's a picture that ran in the "new york times" today. again, another visual that the white house doesn't like. if you look closely, wolf, there's a leg there in front of the president's desk and that's valerie's leg. that's a really important leg because she's a key adviser to the president. she has his ear and she is the first among equals in many circles. so that is a visual they didn't like but they point out valerie jarrett in that picture. to me the question is, do they listen to the women? they have. we have some evidence that they do and we have some evidence that they haven't. >> i know the president listens to valerie jarrett. you can argue she alone is worth four or five of those men. >> that's what bothers them, by the way. >> she has a lot of influence. she's ve
. this is not really -- the obama administration knows that the last thing they want to do is to portray themselves as anything even close to confiscating guns. that's why even in their language, they talk about curbing gun violence. they don't use the word gun control. they do that as a way to try and avoid some of this insane talk about hitler who you should never, never, by the way, invoke because that is -- >> i entirely agree and i think all of us wood. >> absolutely. everyone would, and i think it diminishes any intelligent discussion of how to curb gun violence when you go that way. >> absolutely. i want you all to hear from the pied piper of lunatic conspiracy theories on the right. take a listen, please, to the one and only rush limbaugh. >> talking about guns and executive orders. if given the chance, they'd take your gun away from you. what in the world are you talking about? executive orders for what? taking guns. confiscation. >> ryan, he appears to be whipping up a frenzy that has no basis in fact. isn't this also highly irresponsible knowing that there are people in this country who
things the obama administration could do on the mental health front and on enforcing existing laws when it comes to tracking guns through the computer system that was set up. we have to come together. i think it is one of those enough is enough moments. it's one of those pivotal moments. i believe it is happening. but i do want to say to the viewers, it's really up to you, because it's going to take courage for certain colleagues to step up to the plate. and we have to make sure people know that if they do the right thing, it will be noticed, and it will be rewarded by support. >> senator boxer, thank you for your leadership on this. i appreciate your time. >> thanks. >> on "the ed show." thank you so much. share your thoughts with us on twitter and facebook. we always want to know what you think. >>> coming up, gun clubs claim they're training hundreds of teachers to carry guns in schools. but are they telling the truth? we've got the facts about firearms and safety of students, next. [ male announcer ] house rule number 14. a great cup of coffee should be easy as one, two... well, jus
institute says the obama administration spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement last fiscal year and that amount, get this, is more than the budgets than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. nonpartisan think tank focuses on global immigration issues and the report found that u.s. government has spent more than $187 billion on immigration enforcement laws since 1986 and since then, there have been more immigration-related criminal prosecutions than cases generated by the justice department. npi concludes because of the money spent the actions taken and the case volume, it is fair to say the obama administration has made immigration enforcement its highest criminal law enforcement priority. >>> the administration's economic priority right now is the raising of the debt ceiling. u.s. has gotta lift it by the end of february or early march or else it will default on its fiscal obligations. this should be a routine exercise but republicans once again are threatening to hold the debt limit increase hostage in exchange for spending cuts which happened back in august of
fifteen million recipients have been added in the obama years and the cost is doubled. this administration gets people to sign up. this is what we want? a handout culture which drags youngsters in right from the start of their lives where dependency is taught from the get go. surely not. it goes against the american dream. i wasn't born here but i think i know what america is all about or used to be all about. individual responsibility, personal effort, liberty and justice for all. where is the liberty in dependency? where is the individual responsibility in looking to somebody else to feed you? defenders say food stamps for kids helps the economy and make some healthy. maybe. probably true. one in four children eating courtesy of taxpayers' changes the nature of our society. entitlement is not a birdie. dependency is not freedom. a handout is not prosperity. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by
. this, as the obama administration plans its final exit strategy from the decade-long conflict. the pentagon does not support the option, though, to pull out all american troops from afghanistan, saying some soldiers need to stay and tamp down al qaeda. new images this morning of american robert levinson kidnapped in iran in 2007 during a business trip. the photos were sent to the former fbi agent's family back in 2011. they released them on tuesday. in them, he is dressed like a prisoner at guantanamo bay. iranian officials have denied knowing anything about levinson's disappearance, a claim that u.s. officials doubt. >>> a nightmare for boeing amid safety woes for the company's much anticipated dreamliner. nbc's ron mott has more from logan international airport in boston. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. double trouble for japan airlines and boeing over the past 48 hours here at logan as both companies investigate exactly what went wrong. two days in a row at boston's logan airport, a japan airline's jet has landed in the news. on tuesday, a new 787 full of pa
administration official says, vice president joe biden will hold a series of meetings with stakeholders in the gun debate. president obama appointed biden to lead an effort to curb gun violence that was after the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> the president is facing a contentious battle over his two latest nominations for cabinet posts. he tapped former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. and anti-terrorism chief john brennan for cia director. controversy surrounds hagel because of opposition to troop surges in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet s
in the obama administration. he has the president's absolute trust. he is a very talented cia -- host: what you think the impact has been on the cia? guest: david petraeus is a genuine american hero. i do not condone what he did. the president had the right to accept his resignation. having anyone leave abruptly causes dislocation in an institution. he stepped into the shoes of the director and i think manage things very well. a lot of the policies started by david petraeus will be continued. one is to take a look at women in the cia. there was a committee that david petraeus started and it was under way when he resigned. host: that brings up a headline in "the washington post." guest: as i said numerous times, security is a women's issue. we are lionesses. we are well qualified to sit and any policy table anywhere. many women are. nobody missed the groundswell for the secretary of defense. there are lots of qualified women. four women head the 16 intelligence agencies now. there has never been a woman as head of the cia. i do not see a barrier that a woman cannot meet or overcome. host: your n
that obama administration is putting emphasis on it. he doesn't think he is tag their concerns seriously. >> we wish instead of talking about guns specifically that they question that they would address what can we do to prevent these kinds of things in the future. the evidence shows that an assault weapons ban are not going to do that. what will do it is doing something about a broken mental health system that allows people that potentially violent to be the streets. >> reporter: furthermore, the nra is making it clear they don't think there are enough members of congress that favor an assault weapons ban to pass one. >> gregg: it's quite the face-off. is the nra's position cautioning the gun control advocates to back down at all? >> no, some are wondering out loud how much clout they have in 2013. >> the nra spent a lot of money on the elections last cycle. they didn't have a lot to show for it especially if you look at results. a lot of their candidates lost. we are looking at return on their investment they had a low return on investment. they are very strong lobby. think the issue i
of washington, we will come at the. stuart: i don't understand why the obama administration holds that hard line against the legalization of marijuana. i would have thought the man on the left, he is on the left, i would have thought he would come over -- judge napolitano: maybe because he doesn't have to seek reelection again. [talking over each other] judge napolitano: maybe he doesn't care about policing various constituencies. i don't know what his personal views are, but -- in colorado and washington. stuart: not in california. colorado and washington, recreational use of marijuana, the more difficult case to sell because anybody over 21 in the privacy of their home can use it. in california there is the intermediary, you have to go to a doctor and demonstrate the existence of pain, congressional means, and the doctor, the way -- that is what we interfere with. inexplicably would do so in california and new jersey, i am arguing that treating the states equally. stuart: make a judgment. in the year 2001 everett is, 20 years from now, and marijuana, cigarettes, and not get prosecuted for it?
. the obama administration confirming to fox news' ed henry that in a few hours, president obama will unveil his new national security team. he's going to nominate chief counterterrorism advisor john brennan as the next c.i.a. director. president obama will also nominate chuck hagel, former senator for defense secretary, which has been criticized by democrats and republicans. democratic senator john kerrymif state. >>> today for the very first time we'll hear all the evidence against colorado movie massacre suspect james holmes. at his preliminary hearing, prosecutors expected to call dozens of witness. they will play the 911 calls and show video from inside the movie theater. the judge will then decide if the case should go to trial. why wouldn't it? holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring dozens more in the shooting last july. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton heading back to work today t. in a few hours, mrs. clinton will return to the state department. she was released five days ago from the hospital for treatment of a potentially life-threatening blood closet many lawma
departure adds to the mounting criticism of the obama administration for now seeming to stack its cabinet with men. all of the recent nominations are white males. as for who will remain eric holder is going to stay on for a second term and secretary of veteran at fairs. we're back after the break. stay with us. ♪ alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. um, hello. these ugly stains are ruining my good looks and style. and good luck using that cleaner. excuse me, miss ? he's right. those are tough hard water stains, and that cleaner's not gonna cut it. truth is, 85% of us have hard water and many don't even know it. you need lime-a-w
and complains about the extraordinary access the obama administration gave the filmmakers. >> my understanding is hollywood people got access to cia operatives, that they had access to navy saels which they should not have had. >> i want to make a movie about real people who sacrifice for their country when they do these missions were ground pd and realistic. will i ever come back, whiffle i die overseas? >> but it's not just the action and controversy. directors also like the personalliers in historical films. taking a character who is often larger than life and making them human. >> daniel day lewis, presents a very plausible lincoln. i recommend people see it and then read a book about lincoln. >> now it is surprising about these types of movies, is that in the history of the academy awards, only one politically themed movie ever won best picture. that was "all the king's men" at the 22nd academy awards. we'll find out if lincoln gets a chance with the second nomination. >> all right. thanks. krista smith joins us live from los angeles this morning. krista, do you think it makes it more lik
of defense, and the obama administration can, right now, put into place that we can be issued military i.d.s. we just can't be issued benefits where there is financial ties to it. so, you know, with a stroke of the pen, this military i.d. could be a nonissue. but back to, you know, your question, you know, the conversation with the group was can you access base, yes, i can, through my caregiver pass. and then initially it was the military i.d. according to their website, according to their facebook, at the time, it said nothing about a military i.d. all it mentioned was a spouse. you know, requirement of being a military spouse. >> so then what's the issue ultimately, you think? >> so, i mean, i believe -- i believe it is because i am in a same sex marriage and i try to, you know, ask the president and the board members to call me so we could discuss this, you know, farther. i never heard anybody. and then i went to, you know, basically the internet and wrote an open letter. and from there i heard from people all over the world, other gay and lesbian service members and their families, a
risks for the obama administration, for the democrats in this gunfight. >> there are a lot of political risks. if gun control was easy, they would have done it a while ago. the assault weapons ban has not been renewed for eight years, wolf. it's been sitting out there. and i think in my conversations with administration officials, what they are going to come up with and that sort of echos what jim was saying, they are going to come up with what someone describes to me as a menu of options. the menu of options will include a ban on assault weapons and also include closing the gun show loophole, limiting purchases of the high-capacity magazines. so they are going to put those options out there he a there is attention inside the democratic party. do you make a huge push on assault weapons and hurt yourself on the other list or do you kind of ease up on assault weapons and maybe go after the magazine clips, which some people believe would be more effective. don't forget, there's a lot of history here and joe biden was the person managing the 1994 crime bill, which included the ban on assaul
by far. the obama administration plans to cut u.s. forces in afghanistan by more than half during the next 16 months. we will start this morning on the domestic front. you have seen the headlines about the heightened volume of flu this year and the decision of some health care workers not to get vaccinated, a choice that has cost some of them their jobs. what are your thoughts on mandated vaccinations for health care workers? all others can call in, 202-585- 3882. yuka post your thoughts on facebook, twitter, or e-mail us . dr. anthony fauci is the director of the national institutes of allergy and infectious diseases, joining us on the phone. the houston chronicle headline this morning -- what is going on? guest: you never know why, with influenza. it's unpredictable accept that we have a flu season every year. what we are seeing this year and what is spurring the headlines is the way this started off earlier than usual with a strain of flu that is a bad sprain in the sense that it's making people more ill than some other strains, we are on the way to what looks like as bad a yea
of the facto national policy than the nasa strategic plan. the obama administration's stimulus program was greater than nasa's budget. the united states sent humans to the moon, built and operated a space shuttle, explore the solar system, and contributed a share of the international space station for less than the cost of the american recovery and reinvestment act. into a's environment, but seeming discretionary expenditure for civil space exploration will be challenging unless there is a clear rationale linking such efforts to broader national interest can be supported in a bipartisan manner over many years. but hope to convey is that while nasa faces challenges, a way forward exists to put the agency on a more stable and sustainable foundation. . [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> so we should punish them for the fact that they have been honoring and paying appropriately so when we go through and provide principal reduction and say you have been a good guy so you don't -- >> i'm not saying we're going t
're a woman that works in the obama administration and you want to go to the highest rungs of that administration. it's not funny. and you can attack me and be personal and make personal attacks -- >> i'm not. >> -- against me. you've got a president that you worship on this show every day. you savaged mitt romney. he has a picture -- >> out of touch? >> -- that if a republican president had that cabinet in "the new york times" would be savaged, and you're calling the wrong guy a chauvinist. and seriously -- hold on -- you want to call me a chauvinist? >> stop. let me help you. >> no, let me help you. >> okay. >> you really, knowing me and seeing me work around here for five years, you want to call me a chauvinist on television? >> no. i'm saying that thing with katty was chauvinistic. >> you want to say that on television, that i'm a chauvinist? >> i didn't. >> you did. >> i said the way you're acting is chauvinistic, especially the way you were handling this conversation. it's not funny. >> if that's what you're going to do because your president that you worship on this
. but not to the top of the administration and no pathway in barack obama's cabinet. >> are you kidding me? >> you've got to be a little troubled. >> you've got to be a little troubled. come on, mika. that's a good sporting tribe, but you're not going to get into the hall of fame for spinners for that one. >> i'm not spinning. i'm not spinning. >> so you're saying that he's making -- putting policies forward is that help women all across america but at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> there are women working at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> we know there are. >> we're talking about a couple of cabinet positions that are being filled. and why don't you name the -- and it's not just gender, but its exact moment in one's career and timing and, for example, our international situation. you tell me if john kerry's right for the job. is he right for the job? >> yes. >> is chuck hagel right for the job? >> sure. >> should we discriminate against them? because they are right for the job. >> so you're suggesting that there are no women as qualified as men for these positions. >> i think the moment has to be rig
's not going to be setting administration policy. administration foreign policy is being set in the white house basicall basically, with consultation with the cabinet members obviously. president obama is going to be setting policy. what chuck hagel is going to be doing is cutting the budget in the filigree and pentagon and t extent, i think, managing this o sort of shift in focus president obama has talked about toward the asia pacific region where trouble is a-brewing and we better pay attention to it. i think those two tasks are what chuck hagel is going to be asked to do. those are the questions and answers i will be paying particular attention to. >> joining me is chief white house correspondent and political director and host of "t "the daily rundown," chuck todd. you heard dan senor, who vehemently has pretty strong opinions about chuck hagel. i don't know about this opposition. it seems very singular and extreme. i haven't read or played john cornyn in a while. it seems like we have to go back to the same old well to find the opposition. am i wrong or is there growing opposition? >> i t
the majority back. >> that would be great. everybody is waiting for the obama scandal in the first administration. it never came around. he has been able to do things that other presidents have not been able to do. if he could book end it, that would be amazing. obama has had to deal the right wing noise machine and fox news and how they're trying to gum up the works. they're trying to do anything like the g.o.p. drag everything down, fight every nomination. obama is really fighting forces we've never seen unleashed on a president before. we can't just talk about congress. he's fighting very well oiled well financed attack machine and noise machine. he's doing very five years into this game. >> that pivots back to the house where the republican can control, and the president can get a vote unless john boehner said there is a majority of republicans who will join this. most republicans support gun control. how do you get a vote in the house when you have so many house members who are afraid to go against rush limbaugh, hannity and all the rest. can you make john boehner the issue an
to a national security adviser in the administration. despite recommendations by general john allen for the u.s. to leave as many as 15,000 troops, this is the first suggestion that president obama could opt for a full withdrawal as he did in iraq in 2011. others in the administration are calling for a limited footprint, maybe as small as 2,500 troops. military officials say a force of that size would not be able to prevent a collapse of the fragile afghan state. >>> afghan president hamid karzai scheduled to meet with president obama on friday to discuss exactly this, the u.s. role in afghanistan beyond 2014. >>> now to business where the 787 dreamliner is turning into a bit of a night may for boeing as the airplanes are under investigation after back-to-back days of problems in boston. yesterday one of the jets spilled about 40 gallons of fuel on the runway at logan international airport. that's one day after an electrical fire caused by an exploding battery grounded a different dreamliner plane, also at logan airport. for more on boeing's troubles, let's go to jeff cutmoore in london. >> r
served two terms as a u.s. senator from nebraska and served as deputy administrator of the veterans administration. plus he's a republican nominated by a democrat, so it sounds pretty perfect, right? today, president obama told the nation why he loved chuck hagel. >> in the senate, i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. >> his willingness to speak his mind, no, is part of what's getting him in trouble with members of both parties. david frum is with us and also with us doug wilson, form pentagon senior spokesman for president obama. he has been criticized for using the term jewish lobby. he used it in a 2006 interview and here is what he said, quote, the political reality is that the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i have always argued against the dumb things they do because i don't think it is in the interest of israel. i just don't think it is smart for israel. some say chuck hagel owes an apology for that. after all, not all jews support what israel d
, the rapport these two men have, and certainly that came into consideration as president obama picked him. in '08, brennan withdrew his name from consideration for the same role as cia director, amid questions that it was actually liberals raising about his involvement in enhanced interrogation tactics during the bush administration. since then, brennan has very much distanced himself from those practices. he's been a top adviser to president obama as he has banned torture. so those concerns may not play as much of a factor. but do expect him to be asked some very tough questions about the drone program, which has in full swing very much under his direction. that's something of course that a number of democrats, as well as human rights activists, so concerns about, wolf. >> brianna, thank you. during our next hour, we'll hear from a top republican senator who has announced he will vote against confirming chuck hagel for defense secretary. i asked senator cornyn of texas why he isn't waiting for hagel's confirmation hearings before making up his mind. >> i consider him to be an honorable m
of staff to the vice president gore two administrations, vice president gore and vice president biden and he is trusted by the president. denis i don't know as well. he's respected and experiment in foreign policy and worked with president obama going back to the first campaign where he advised him on foreign policy and he worked for senator daschle. the president has two great choices. either one is prepared to be chief of staff. >> jennifer: like you i know ron kliani more than denis and i think he'll be fabulous. these first appointments are all white males. my feeling is we haven't seen the finality of the appointments yet. >> yes, the president demonstrated in the first administration's its commitment to diversity. the first point was the supreme court. he appointed two women and the first hispanic member of the court. i think you'll see when the president fills his cabinet and staff, it will be america at its best diversity. >> jennifer: there is news that some people say is president obama most controversial cabinet member were the perspective of congress who is attorney gener
has always been very important to this administration, very important to this president. there was never any question that obama wouldn't want him at his side for a second term. and i think it's great for joe biden that people are finally seeing that and he's not just sort of the brunt of late-night jokes. now, he will be the brunt of a few more late-night jokes because he's going to say something, i'm sure, tomorrow or the next day that makes everyone cringe, but he's so smart and he's so talented. he's joe biden. >> -- obama that the ceo, the mark of a great ceo or the top three or four appointees, hillary clinton, joe biden, that's what a great ceo does. it's the people around them. >> david? >> mika, i was just going to make this historical point which is kind of ironic. it was joe biden back in 1994 who told democrats who were trying to get an assault weapons amendment into his crime bill -- >> right. >> -- that they shouldn't do that. that they were going to tank his crime bill, and they were doing all of these good things. and ultimately dianne feinstein and other
. the letters are -- governors are committed to a collaboration with congress and the administration to maintain and promote a balanced system. just last month, governor markell and i joined president obama to outline what flexible federalism will look like. the effort deserves to be front and center, because how washington deals with those issues will have an immediate, direct affect on our states and our budget. 30 of the 50 states that we have have had job growth, and we have been able to get to pre- recession levels. oklahoma has been one of those states to experienced job growth. we have now come from seventh% unemployment to 5.2%, one of the highest job growth rates in the nation, but i have to tell you, it was not easy. if -- we have to make good policy and shared sacrifice. as president and congress will address sequestration, we know as governors that spending cuts will be necessary and inevitable, as are the tough decisions they have to make, but we also asked the president, congress in leaders to keep four points in mind. first is federal reform should produce savings for the federal
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